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NMSU Hotline — October 11, 2018

NSF awards 5-year grant to fund first-of-its-kind HSI STEM Resource Hub at NMSU

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The National Science Foundation recently announced its first research awards under the Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program. In addition to 31 projects awarded to community colleges and universities across the country, a $2.6 million, five-year grant will fund a first-if-its-kind HSI Resource Hub at New Mexico State University, in collaboration with Dona Ana Community College and California State University-Northridge.

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Campus Announcements

Aggie Health & Wellness Center closed Thursday afternoon

The Aggie Health & Wellness Center will be closed from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, for staff meetings and training. If there is a medical emergency please call 911 or go to a local emergency room. The AHWC will re-open at 8 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12.

Computer Science talk to be held today

Srini Kankanahalli will present a talk "Exciting Opportunities in Computer Science: An Industrial Perspective" from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. today in Science Hall, Room 107.

He will talk about some of the exciting developments and opportunities in computer science from the perspective of the industry. He will start by talking about artificial intelligence and machine learning and some new developments in transfer learning, learning hyperparameters, generative adversarial networks, move on to talk about the Byzantine Generals problem and blockchain, some of the challenges with blockchains, talk about cybersecurity, challenges and opportunities and conclude with software defined networks.

Kankanahalli is the co-founder and CTO of ClearAvenue, a systems integrator, which works on predictive analytics, AI Deployment and other areas for multiple federal agencies such as DOD, DHS, Treasury and others. Previously, he was a tenured professor of computer science and electrical engineering at West Virginia University and has held adjunct positions at the University of Maryland, American University and others. Kankanahalli also previously held a leadership position at the Department of Education, IBM, Hewlett-Packard and others. He has also successfully built multiple startup companies acquired by Philips and other large companies. He obtained his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Bangalore University, his master's degree in electrical engineering from Indian Institute of technology, Kanpur, and his Ph.D. in computer science from New Mexico State University. He has published more than 60 papers in artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer security and related disciplines.

ICT’s National Cyber Security Awareness Month presentation to be webcast Friday

National Cyber Security Awareness Month is commemorating its 15th year as an annual initiative to raise awareness about the importance of cyber security. NCSAM is a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure that everyone has the resources they need to stay safer and more secure online. Each year, NMSU participates in the effort to ensure the NMSU community is aware of cyber security threats and takes measures to mitigate those threats.

The schedule for ICT’s NCSAM presentations is below:

Friday, Oct. 12, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in Hardman Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center, Room 230. This presentation will be webcast via https://nmsu.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=a2b12e3d-d4cf-4933-b1a3-a95a01142ae4

Thursday, Oct. 18, from 4 to 5 p.m. in Thomas and Brown Hall, Room 104
Thursday, Nov. 1, from 3 to 4 p.m. in Hardman Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center, Room 210

For more information visit http://infosec.nmsu.edu/.


Plant & Environmental Sciences Fall 2018 Seminar Series set for Friday

The Plant & Environmental Sciences Fall 2018 Seminar Series continues at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 194. David Schoep with NMSU's Environmental Health and Safety will present "Annual laboratory environmental health and safety refresher."

No zoom meeting this week, in person attendance required for certification. Laboratory health and safety course open to all personnel who need to fulfill their NMSU annual lab safety requirements.


Early National Fossil Day at Zuhl Museum Saturday

Experience the Cordulagomphus dragonflies, fossil fish, quartz crystal, trilobites, ammonites, rhodochrosite, malachite, dinosaur bones and other strange invertebrate critters at the Zuhl Museum, 775 College Dr.

Dig into the Excavation Pit to unearth fossil things and explore our world-class specimens like our brand new full Mosasaurus Halisaurus from 12 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. Zuhl Museum is free to the public.

To learn more visit http://bit.ly/national-fossil-day-at-zuhl. For more information on Zuhl Museum, contact Tiffany Santos at 575-646-4714.

Registration open now for Innoventure Challenge high school entrepreneurship competition

The Innoventure Challenge is a new competitive event from Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University, open to high school students throughout New Mexico and the El Paso area.

Students are invited to think like an entrepreneur and design a simple prototype out of an approved list of materials – all in a two-week timeframe that challenges them to put their team’s ideas to the test quickly and create an innovative product.
Registration is now open for the first round, which begins on Oct. 15. Each round will have its own theme – and students won’t find out the theme until the round starts. The surprise is all part of the challenge. Students can get signed up now at http://arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/innoventure/challenge so they are ready to receive their toolkits and get started when the first round opens on Oct. 15. Video competition entries are due by 11:59 p.m. Monday, Oct. 29.

The winning teams from each preliminary round will be invited to the final Innoventure Challenge at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces for a special one-day product design challenge that builds on what they’ve learned in the preliminary rounds. This will take place Friday, April 5, 2019.

Members of the first-place team will receive a high-tech prize and $350 scholarship to NMSU. For more information, visit http://arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/innoventure/challenge or contact the Innoventure team at innoventure@nmsu.edu.


KRWG Public Media, NMSU Library to host Great American Read events

KRWG Public Media and the NMSU Library are jointly celebrating the love and the power of reading by hosting two fun events this month.

Over the next two weeks all are encouraged to vote on their favorite book from a list of 100 novels compiled by PBS in conjunction with their Great American Read competition. Ballots and ballot boxes are available at Zuhl and Branson Library lobbies and on the first floor of Corbett Center, near the Concierge Desk. A list of the 100 best-loved novels can be found at https://www.pbs.org/the-great-american-read/books.

The results of our community’s vote will be announced at our local event, THE GREAT AMERICAN READ-ALOUD, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the Zuhl Library Courtyard. All NMSU community members and friends are invited to read a short passage from their favorite book, play or poem. And that passage doesn’t need to be one from the PBS Great American Read list.

If you would like to read, please contact Susan Beck at susabeck@nmsu.edu or 575-646-2869 by Monday, Oct. 15.



Game testing with fourth-, fifth-graders Oct. 17

The Learning Games Lab will host fourth- and fifth-graders during Las Cruces Public Schools' half school day Wednesday, Oct. 17. Participants will test games and other materials from the Math Snacks project and give designers feedback on their experiences. This session is for participants who did not attend our half-day session in September.

This session will occur at the Learning Games Lab. Drop-off for the session will be from 12:30 to 1 p.m. and pick-up between 4 and 5 p.m. In order to be considered for participation, please complete the short form at https://bit.ly/2pNDHkw.

Selection is based in part on research needs and on the potential of the applicants to contribute to our research. Therefore, all submitted applicants may not be able to participate in the October session. Contact Amanda with any questions at aarmstr0@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1076.



New Mexico WRRI’s 63rd annual New Mexico Water Conference to be held Oct. 17-18

The 63rd annual New Mexico Water Conference will take place Oct. 17-18 at the Las Cruces Convention Center. The registration fee for students is only $25, which includes two lunches. We are expecting 250-300 participants this year.

This year’s theme is “At the Tipping Point: Water Scarcity, Science and Policy.” We have a diverse group of water experts who will address a host of important and timely water issues such as agriculture and groundwater use, climate change, drought, fire, economics, adjudications and settlements, alternative water supplies and regional and state water planning.

Several NMSU speakers are on the program: Sam Fernald, Jim Peach, Luis Cifuentes, Amy Ganguli, Phil King and Pei Xu.

A field trip to the Hatch and Mesilla Valley will take place Oct. 16.

The two conference luncheons include speakers, and a poster session will highlight nearly 60 research projects, many presented by university students from across New Mexico.

The registration fee for the conference is $150. Students can attend for $25, and students with accepted posters will not be charged a registration fee.

Check out the conference website, which includes links to the preliminary program and registration at https://nmwaterconference.nmwrri.nmsu.edu/2018/.

For more information contact Catherine Ortega Klett, NM WRRI Program Manager, at coklett@nmsu.edu.


'Let's Talk Online Teaching-Accessibility with Melissa Chavira' set for Oct. 18

"OCIP: Let's Talk Online Teaching-Accessibility with Melissa Chavira" will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in Milton Hall, Room 50.

Join this discussion about what it means to create accessible online web materials and things to keep in mind when designing an online course. Sign up via this link at https://bit.ly/2x9paTm. Lunch will be served.

Questions? Contact Beth Apodaca, OCIP Coordinator, at bapodaca@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1572.

Cultural Diversity across the Curriculum offered Oct. 25

Many students who step onto the campuses of America describe encountering subtle forms of bias. This workshop will include strategies and tactics to diversify course content and assignments. Presented by guest author and professor Bruce Bridges.

Thursday, Oct. 25, 9-10 a.m. or 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Learn more and register online at https://trainingcentral.nmsu.edu/Saba/Web/Main/goto/GuestCourseDetailURL?otId=cours000000000008806&callerPage=/learning/offeringTemplateDetails.xml.

For questions, contact Sandy Katayanagi at 575-646-2204 or teaching@nmsu.edu.


Open forum with President Floros to focus on vision, strategic directions

The NMSU community is invited to meet President John Floros starting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30, in the Auditorium at Corbett Center Student Union. President Floros will open with remarks and then take questions from the audience and online from questions sent to President.Floros@nmsu.edu. He is especially interested in hearing from the NMSU community regarding the emerging vision for NMSU and strategic directions, which is available at https://president.nmsu.edu/strategic-directions/.

This open forum will be available online at https://nmsu.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=2f77749b-800b-4c04-a87c-a974010c40d6 and is sponsored by the NMSU Employee Council. For more information, call the President’s Office at 575-646-2127.


NMSU Master of Arts in higher education administration now accepting applications

Educational Leadership and Administration at New Mexico State University is now accepting applications to its Master of Arts in Educational Administration program. The degree focuses on community college and university administration. This program offers online course instruction (both asynchronous and synchronous modalities). Application materials must be received by the deadline of Nov. 30.

Anyone interested in obtaining information and/or applying to the program can visit the webpage for the Community College and University Administration at https://ela.nmsu.edu/index/academics/mainhied/ and/or contact Denise Rodriguez-Strawn, doctoral programs coordinator, at harley@nmsu.edu or 575-646-3593.

Last fall offering of 'OCIP: Strategies for Teaching Online' starts Nov. 3

If you plan to teach online next semester and need professional development, the Online Course Improvement Program is offering just one more session of "Strategies for Teaching Online" this semester.

Strategies for Teaching Online will introduce you to best practices in online teaching and learning. You will explore ways to increase teacher presence and student engagement. Your participation in this training will not only orient you to online teaching, but it will also simulate the student experience where you will participate as the online student in the online course. You will have the opportunity to use the discussion board, submit assignments and collaborate with your peers.

Click on this link to get to the registration page in Training Central at https://bit.ly/2yd1zCR.

Visit our webpage for this and other offerings at www.ocip.nmsu.edu.

Questions? Please contact Beth Apodaca, OCIP Coordinator, at bapodaca@nmsu.edu or 575-646-1572.


NMSU FCaMP ButterBraid fundraiser underway

Despite the fact that FCaMP, as a formal organization, no longer exists, many of us are still looking after campus kitties who are part of that program. At some point in time, it is likely that they will need vet care, so these funds will be set aside just for those instances. We will receive $5.75 for each braid sold during this fundraiser, which runs through Oct. 25, with deliveries occurring, most likely, Nov. 14. These braids are so delicious and easy to prepare. They make wonderful breakfast or dessert treats, and also can be given as gifts. To order ButterBraids during this fundraiser, please go to http://fcamp.nmsu.edu and click on the link at http://fcamp.nmsu.edu/files/2018/10/butterbraid.pdf on the main page to download an order form. For more information about ButterBraids, please go to www.butterbraid.com.

On behalf of the campus felines, thanks for your support.